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Joan VanderSchaaf, Ed.D., LCPC, LMHC, NCC


Assistant Professor, Chicago Campus

Programs/Classes Taught:

Core Counseling Courses: 

Introduction to Psychological Assessment

Research Methods

Psychopharmacology for Counselors

Trauma & Crisis Interventions

Counseling Theories

Clinical Diagnosis and Assessment & Professional Ethics in Counseling

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Counseling, Adult, Individual & Couples  

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Certified Practitioner

Counselor Education, Supervision & Research

Dual Licensure in both Illinois and Florida 


Joan VanderSchaaf holds her Doctorate of Counselor Education & Supervision and has dual clinical licensure in the states of Illinois and Florida.  As an Assistant Professor of Counseling at National Louis University, Chicago, she teaches a variety of core counseling classes. Dr. VanderSchaaf maintains her private practice in Wheaton, Illinois and her Florida clients via distance counseling.  She works with individuals, couples, and groups, specializing in chronic mental illness, mood disorders, and relationship issues. Dr. VanderSchaaf uses a psychodynamic approach along with a biopsychosocial treatment model. A veteran yoga instructor, she completed her doctoral dissertation Integrating Yoga & Psychotherapy.


Master of Arts, Mental Health Counseling – Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Doctor of Education, Counselor Education & Supervision – Argosy University, Sarasota, FL

Research and Interests:

Current Research:  The Open Adoption Trial: Perspectives of Birthmothers

Contact Information:

Joan VanderSchaaf, Ed.D., LCPC, LMHC, NCC

office: (312) 261-3678



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